Guest DJ—Andrew Hilbert

Andrew Hilbert is a writer living in Austin, TX. His poems and stories have been in numerous journals and websites since 2009. His novella, DEATH THING, was released by Double Life Press in Spring 2015.

Death ThingHere’s what Benoît Lelièvre at Dead End Follies had to say about DEATH THING in his review: “Stories like DEATH THING are the best legacy Ronald Reagan America left to the human race: grindhouse, paranoid tales of conservative America gone rogue. Not that there are several stories like DEATH THING, for it is quite unique and amorphous, but it shares a fascination with the underbelly of the Norman Rockwell revival of the late 70s, early 80s.”

Along the way, Hilbert co-founded Beggars & Cheeseburgers, has contributed articles to Austinist.com, and was a columnist at Out of the Gutter Online. He was a fiction editor for Foxing Quarterly for three issues and co-founded an audio short story website, Slagdrop. Andrew is also a founding member and creator of the weirdo-press Weekly Weird Monthly.

This week he is spinning an eclectic collection of songs ranging from The Minutemen and Parliament to Slick Rick and Townes Van Zandt.

Find Andrew Hilbert: Website and Amazon

Previous Playlists:

Guest DJ—Eryk Pruitt

Guest DJ—Tom Pitts

Guest DJ—Craig T. McNeely

Guest DJ—Angel Colon

Guest DJ—Josh Stallings

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S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Friends In Need

McNeely FamilyIt’s often said, but bears repeating—there are a lot of really good people in the crime/mystery community. Craig T. McNeely, publisher of Dark Corners magazine and Double Life Press, is definitely one of them. Unfortunately, he and his family have fallen on hard times in the last few months.

If you don’t know Craig, or if you aren’t familiar with his publishing company, here’s an excerpt from an interview we did earlier this year:

If you had to sum it up, what kind of writing are you most looking to publish in DARK CORNERS or through Double Life Press?

Artists and storytellers are what makes life worth living and so bad art and stories, which is to say art and stories that have not been given the time, attention and care they deserve to become the art and stories they should be, don’t deserve a moment of your time. After all, there are simply too many excellent artists and storytellers to give time to anyone else.

I want the kind of writing that the author couldn’t keep inside them if they tried. I want writing that feels like it could go anywhere. I want to be entertained.

Find out more about how you can help Craig and his family HERE. Give or share, every little bit helps. Thanks.

My New Short Story—Dark Corners, Vol. 1 Issue 4

Dark CornersI am thrilled to announce that my latest short story, MAID MAN, was just released in Dark Corners, Volume 1 Issue 4. How awesome is that cover art? And how incredible is this line up? Emily McNeely, Heath Lowrance, James Queally, Ed Kurtz, Patrick Cooper, Warren Moore, Will Viharo and more.

If you aren’t familiar with Dark Corners, it is published by Double Life Press out of Arkansas and it has featured some of my favorite modern crime/mystery writers including Tom PittsEryk Pruitt, Eric Beetner, J. David Osborne and many, many more.

Double Life Press also recently published an impressive roster of novels ranging from TREVOR ENGLISH by Pablo D’Stair to DEATH THING by Andrew Hilbert. Coming later this summer from DLP is THE BIRTHDAY SLASHER by April Hawks and PROXIMITY by Scott Grand. Later this year you can look forward to THE TALES OF ELLIOT CAPRICE BOOK ONE: A NEGRO AND AN OFAY by Danny Gardner.

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I recently interviewed DLP/Dark Corners founder Craig T. McNeely and he had some very interesting things to say about Indie publishing. You can read the whole interview right HERE.

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Interrogation: Will Viharo

Experience the Thrill–SeattleWho: Will Viharo

What: A pulp novelist, freelance writer, B movie impresario, and lounge lizard at large. One of his novels, LOVE STORIES ARE TOO VIOLENT FOR ME, has been optioned for a film by Christian Slater since 2001. For many years in the San Francisco Bay Area he programmed and produced a roving “cult movie cabaret” called “Thrillville,” hosting hundreds of live B movie/burlesque shows as “Will the Thrill” along with his wife, Monica Cortes Viharo, AKA “The Tiki Goddess.”

Where: Seattle

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

I just finished A MERMAID DROWNS IN THE MIDNIGHT LOUNGE and my head is still swimming. Great stuff. How did this story begin for you? What are some of the most unexpected ways in which it evolved?

I actually first began writing this novel—which turned out to be my personal favorite of all my books—back in 1997. I’d just split from my first wife of like three months, so I was emotionally devastated, and I was working my ass off 12 hours a day as an Aero delivery driver in San Francisco while living in a cheap little hovel over in Oakland, near Lake Merritt, walking distance from the Parkway Theater, which had just been reopened and renovated as a combo movie house/restaurant by some friends of mine, who asked me to host and program a weekly midnight movie show, which I initially called “The Midnight Lounge.” These same friends had founded Wild Card Press and published my novel LOVE STORIES ARE TOO VIOLENT FOR ME back in 1995, but frankly they were professional dilettantes and quickly dropped the press in favor of the much more lucrative film exhibition/food racket, which proved very successful, until the entire business collapsed due primarily to internal turmoil in 2009. pulpcollection2By that time I had pretty much given up on ever achieving my dream career as a novelist, though I still wrote and published a lot of freelance articles on pop culture and such. Plus my live show, now locally famous as “Thrillville,” garnered a ton of local publicity, establishing my “brand name,” though not in my field of choice. I was also happily married to my “lovely assistant” from my cult movie show, Monica “the Tiki Goddess” Cortes. We were wed at the Cal-Neva in North Lake Tahoe with a Rat Pack/mariachi ceremony/reception on May 31, 2001, exactly four years after I first met her at my screening of Jailhouse Rock on May 31, 1997. So I was no longer lonely, the main source of much of my literary therapy. Anyway, I’d put down MERMAID once the theater took off and I was hired as a full time publicist/programmer. But when the company abruptly folded, my backup career went with it. Now, suddenly without a steady income again, facing a return to the series of crappy odd jobs I’d been sustaining myself with since age 16, I was back in familiar, full-on panic mode.
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Five New Books From Double Life Press Today

Double Life Press First FiveDouble Life Press founder Craig T. McNeely is not a man with small ambitions. His company burst onto the Indie crime scene in 2014 with the quarterly pulp fiction magazine, DARK CORNERS. The formation of Double Life Press followed shortly thereafter, with the stated goal of publishing writing “without boundaries.”

So it should come as no surprise that his publishing company is releasing its first five books on the same day. They are:

  1. THE THRILLVILLE PULP FICTION COLLECTION by Will Viharo, Vol. 1-3, is a series of “double features” reprinting the best work of underground literary legend Will Viharo in new, definitive editions.
  2. TREVOR ENGLISH by Pablo D’Stair collects five novellas featuring the titular character in one volume as they were meant to be read. D’Stair is one of the most original voices in crime fiction, as well as a filmmaker and ten thousand other things.
  3. DEATH THING by Andrew Hilbert is a horror novella about a guy named Gilbert who converts his car into a death trap because he’s sick of people breaking into it at night. Its scary and mean and hilarious and unlike anything else you are likely to read this year.

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